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Posted on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 : 12:35 p.m.

Plans for 192 apartments, 70 condos headed to Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees

By Lizzy Alfs

Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees will consider plans this week for two housing developments that would result in 262 new apartment or condo units.

The Oak Valley Apartments project calls for constructing 16 buildings with 192 apartment units on a vacant piece of land behind the Oak Valley Centre on Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

Phase 5 of the approved Arbor Ridge Planned Unit Development calls for constructing 70 site condos in the existing development located between I-94 and Morgan Road, east of Carpenter Road.


Developers want to build apartments on a vacant plot of land off Ann Arbor-Saline Road, which was once planned to be a motel and restaurant building.

Lizzy Alfs | Ann Arbor News

Pittsfield Township Planning Commission in August recommended approval of rezoning requests for both projects. The Board of Trustees will consider the requests at a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Sept. 11.

The Oak Valley Apartments project would be constructed on an 18-acre vacant parcel behind the northern portion of the shopping center anchored by Target. The developer is requesting a rezoning that will create a multi-family residential Planned Unit Development.


A concept image for the proposed Oak Valley Apartments on Ann Arbor-Saline Road.

Alexander V. Bogaerts & Associates

Plans were submitted to the township in late 2012 by a group of business partners who also own the northern section of the shopping center, and the developers also revealed long-term plans to eventually redevelop the center so it’s more pedestrian friendly and connects the commercial and residential uses.

The 16 buildings would have 12 units each, and each unit would include a two-car garage. There are three wetlands on the site, totaling about 2.41 acres, and the project would fill in about 0.99 acres of the existing wetlands.


Livonia builders wants to convert Phase 5 of the Arbor Ridge residential development from single-family detached condos to site condos.

Arbor Ridge Condo Association Facebook

After receiving input from township planners, the developers reconfigured two buildings in the proposal so that all buildings would share a common access drive off Oak Valley Drive.

The developers also eliminated a community area from the plans, so the township is asking them to submit plans for a park/community space to the south of the Oak Valley Centre to compensate for the loss of usable open space.

The Arbor Ridge proposal is an amendment to an approved Planned Unit Development. Livonia Builders wants to convert Phase 5 of the project from single-family detached condos to site condos — where the individual condo owner is responsible for the lot and the house, but still belongs to a condo association that owns and maintains roads and common areas.

After the plans were considered by planning commissioners, the developers reconfigured lot lines in order to provide more usable open space on the site.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for the Ann Arbor News. Reach her at 734-623-2584, email her or follow her on Twitter.